Veterans have turned to the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program to get a job-seeking rut. After its inception in June 2012, the Veterans Affairs benefit has provided eligible veterans with 12 months of full-time training aid.To enroll, veterans must be 35 to 60 years old, unemployed, not currently employed in a federal or state job training program and honorably discharged. For a full list of eligibility requirements, go to benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm. The program is under review for extension through the end of 2014. More than 140,000 veterans applied for VRAP and more than half of those were quickly enrolled in training programs.
Training programs are considered vital to the employment of returning veterans as the Housing and Urban Development Department reports that more than 62,000 veterans are homeless on any given day because of some difficulties in fitting in to the workforce on their own.